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Common Geyser Problems

Especially when the cooler months start coming around, your home’s geyser system becomes an essential part of your daily routine. Of course, it’s never smart to wait until these cold seasons before making sure that your geyser is properly maintained and well-installed. Prevention is always better than a cure, and the time spent consulting with your trusted plumber on whether or not your geyser is ready for heavier use in this season will always be worth it.

To help you figure out what you should be getting ready for, here are some of the most common geyser problems that you should try to avoid:

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Dripping overflow

Although it is normal for some water to drip over the overflow pipe as the system heats up and cools down, you should start worrying when the leak start to accumulate to a few liters a day. Steady dripping of this volume means that the pressure control valve has to be replaced.


By default, a geyser’s thermostat is automatically set to be on the “off” position, which means that it won’t be heating any water the moment you set it up. There are times, however, when the thermostat is set to the “on” position by mistake. This means that regardless if anybody needs hot water or not, it will keep on heating water until it reaches boiling point. This is a very dangerous situation and must be dealt with immediately. Otherwise, the geyser might explode.

Some warning signs that the geyser is overheating are hot water and steam coming out of the overflow pipe. More often than not, a faulty thermostat is to blame in these situations.

No hot water

There are a number of possibilities that have to be considered when you see no hot water coming out of your tap. It’s possible that the circuit breaker has tripped, which is an electrical issue. It may also be the heating element or the thermostat that’s causing the issue. In this case, you should call a plumber to have them replaced.

Water leaking from the top

Although there is a drip tray and overflow pipe, these may get overwhelmed when a major leak develops in the geyser system. This would cause water to start leaking from the top or ceiling of the geyser. It is also possible that the geyser has burst. Cases like these, make sure you switch off both the cold water supply going into the geyser as well as its power supply. Once you’ve done this, call your plumber.

Poor water pressure

Noticing issues with your hot water pressure? If it takes a long time for your water to warm up before showering or washing dishes, it could be that there is an issue with the pipes or geyser system in your home.

No plumbing issue, whether it be with a geyser or the pipes, is something a household wants to deal with. Luckily for you, plumbers go through the training needed to address any plumbing problem that pops up. We’re only a phone call away, call Plumbers Cape Town now

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